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Gray Wilson is a business litigation lawyer who has experience prosecuting and defending a wide variety of business disputes in state court, federal court, and private arbitration.  Gray joined Manning Fulton in 2020 after several years practicing with a large regional law firm based in Raleigh.

About

Gray’s practice focuses on helping his clients resolve business disputes effectively and efficiently while protecting their key business interests.  Gray has experience working with clients in a range of industries, including real estate, construction, pharmaceutical, retail, energy, healthcare, and transportation.  He has handled cases involving breach of contract, unfair and deceptive trade practices, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, intellectual-property infringement, and other business-related claims.  He has also represented employers in cases involving allegations of wrongful termination, discrimination, trade secret, and noncompete issues.

Gray received his law degree from Duke University and his undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.  After graduating from law school, Gray completed clerkships with judges on the federal trial and appellate courts for North Carolina, and draws on that experience frequently in developing and executing litigation strategies for his clients.

A North Carolina native, Gray lives in Durham with his wife and their two young children.

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Credentials

Education

  • Duke University School of Law – J.D. – 2013 – magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy – M.P.P.
  • University of North Carolina – B.A. with highest distinction in Environmental Studies and Spanish – 2008 – Phi Beta Kappa

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina State Courts
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Professional Activities

  • North Carolina Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division, Antitrust and Complex Business Disputes Section, NCBA Leadership Academy Class of 2020).

Prior Experience and Clerkships

  • Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan – Associate, 2016-2020, 2014-2015
  • Hon. Allyson K. Duncan, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit – Law Clerk – 2015-2016
  • Hon. James C. Dever, III, United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina – Law Clerk – 2013-2014

 

Representative Matters

  • Represented gas station owner and operator in breach-of-contract and environmental litigation arising from sale of former store; client won favorable verdict after two-week jury trial in state court.
  • Represented nationwide retailer in contract dispute with supplier concerning various product placement and marketing issues; client reached favorable settlement after winning partial summary judgment in federal court.
  • Represented local governmental entity as outside counsel on an ongoing basis in various construction procurement, contracting and litigation matters.
  • Represented general contractor in connection with alleged construction defects on a large multifamily project; client reached favorable pre-litigation resolution.
  • Represented HVAC contractor in defending claim by former employee concerning allegedly unpaid commissions; client won early-case dismissal of claims.
  • Served as local counsel in patent-infringement dispute; client won favorable verdict after one-week jury trial in federal court.
  • Represented wholesale electricity provider in multi-million dollar dispute with local government concerning economic incentives contract.
  • Represented organic fertilizer manufacturer in case involving crop damage allegedly caused by fertilizer; client won on summary judgment and successfully defended appeals to NC Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.
  • Represented furniture manufacturer in dispute involving a competitor’s intellectual property infringement and unfair trade practices; client reached favorable early-case settlement.

Community Engagement

  • First Presbyterian Church (Durham) – Elder, Personnel Committee Chair, Sunday School Teacher

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